Brian Jones, who flew the Breitling Orbiter around the world, has today signed up to be the person who pilots our world record attempt to the finish line.
He sent us this today...
“Crossing the finish line to complete the first round the world flight in a balloon was probably the most significant moment in my life. The end of the flight brought a new beginning for me in a variety of ways – all good.
For this reason, the opportunity to once again fly across the finish line at the end of a second round the world flight will be another great moment. Of course this latter flight will be slightly shorter; around 19 days and 18 hours shorter to be precise, and will be conducted in the rather more comfortable environment of the Aerobility flight simulator at Blackbushe airport. Nevertheless, it should create a new world record and will be a new beginning for Aerobility to dramatically improve their disabled pilot flight training, with the addition of this PA28 flight simulator, and the funds to operate it for at least the next five years.
The final landing at Blackbushe will be in stark contrast to that of my balloon in the Egyptian desert back in 1999, where there was no one to witness it. I hope I get it right!”